Sustainable Utilisation of Biodiversity in the Amazon and Coastal Regions (BioValor)

Sustainable Utilisation of Biodiversity in the Amazon and Coastal Regions (BioValor)

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  • Commissioning Party

    German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)

  • Country
  • Lead executing agency


  • Overall term

    2021 to 2025

  • Products and expertise

    Climate, environment and natural resource management


Thanks to its geographical location and various ecosystems, Ecuador is one of the countries with the most biodiversity on Earth. This diversity, however, is under threat from a number of different factors.

Preserving it and preventing deforestation and degradation requires more effective coordination among the various stakeholders responsible. Furthermore, economic activities that conserve Ecuador's biological wealth need to become standard practice.


The Ecuadorian Government has succeeded in protecting the country's biodiversity and slowing the process of deforestation.

A woman plaits straw.


The project promotes development strategies that preserve biodiversity in select areas of the Amazon and coastal regions. To that end, it is working with local and indigenous communities, business entities, local administrations, scientists and Ecuador's central government.

  1. The project is training local and national stakeholders to preserve and utilise biodiversity in sustainable ways.
  2. It is improving the coordination and implementation of measures that make environmentally friendly use of biodiversity.
  3. It is strengthening the value chains of products and services that preserve biodiversity.
  4. It is promoting competencies related to the development and fulfilment of sustainability criteria in agriculture and aquaculture.
  5. It is supporting the use of research and traditional knowledge in developing products and services in the area of biodiversity.

The project is engaged in four regions: two along the coast (Esmeraldas and Santa Elena/Manabí) and two in the Amazon region (Napo/Pastaza and Morona Santiago). It is being carried out together with the Ecuadorian Ministry of Environment, Water and Ecological Transition (MAATE) and the consortium Como - Eco Consult.

Last update: May 2023

Two fishermen on a small boat.

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